Mike is the senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. In God’s grace, he oversaw the revitalization of the church. Church Planting Is for Wimps is the story of how that all happened. Though the book is ostensibly about church planting/revitalization, it is an encouraging account of church life and Christian ministry. I don’t think you would need to be a pastor to enjoy it and profit from it. Uplifting stories about God’s work through His local church can be hard to find–particularly doctrinally savvy ones–but this text is exciting, easy-to-read, and quite funny.
My favorite section of the text involved McKinley’s account of how his church, planted from Capitol Hill Baptist Church of Washington, DC, reached out to local Hispanics. At one point, McKinley and his wife hosted a dinner for a number of folks from their diverse neighborhood. One of them told the couple as he left the house that he had never been inside an American home except to work. That was a stunning story, one that shows just how wide natural divides are–and how incredible the power of the gospel is. I was deeply challenged by this and other stories from McKinley’s experience.
Church Planting for Wimps is a fun, edifying book that offers some of the best “church planting” theology I’ve seen. Mike’s story and his teaching will encourage, chasten, and bless you. If church planting is for wimps, reading about church planting is for everyone.